If missing teeth have you feeling insecure about your smile or make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods, treatment for missing teeth may be right for you. At Forney Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we offer a variety of restorative dentistry treatments to improve the smile's appearance and restore dental function. To learn more about your options for treatment for missing teeth, schedule a consultation our Forney, TX practice, Forney Family Dentistry and Orthodontics.
Treatments to Replace Missing Teeth
There are many options to replace missing teeth, including surgical and non-surgical treatments. Those interested in a more permanent, natural feeling replacement of missing teeth often benefit from dental implant treatment, while those looking for non-surgical treatment often benefit from dental bridges or dentures. Regardless of the type of restoration used, the benefits of treatment for missing teeth are undeniable, like improved confidence and restored dental function.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution to the replacement of missing teeth, making them a popular treatment. Dental implants are small, screw-like, titanium posts surgically placed within the jawbone. A secure bond is formed between the implant and the jawbone, much like the natural bond between the tooth roots and jaw. Dental implants can be used to replace individual teeth or a full set of teeth:
- Dental crowns: Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that can be paired with dental implants to replace individual teeth. Those missing one or two teeth often benefit from dental crowns paired with dental implants.
- Implant-supported bridges: Implant-supported bridges are a great solution for those missing multiple teeth but not enough to require a full set of dentures. Implant-supported bridges may be used to replace two or more teeth with only one or two dental implants.
- Implant-supported dentures: For those missing a full set of upper teeth, lower teeth, or both, implant-supported dentures can restore dental function and appearance with as little as four dental implants per arch. Implant-supported dentures enable denture wearers to enjoy natural feeling dental function without the need for messy adhesives.
Candidates for Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implant treatment can help patients enjoy a restored smile, but not all patients are suitable candidates. Ideal candidates should be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Candidates should also be non-smokers, or willing to give up smoking prior to surgery and throughout the recovery process. Finally, patients should have sufficient jawbone to support the dental implants. Those without sufficient jawbone may need to undergo a dental bone graft in order to qualify for dental implant surgery.
Traditional dental bridges are another option for restoring missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges are made of two dental crowns connected by one or more artificial teeth. The dental crowns are then bonded to the two teeth on either side of the missing teeth.
For those missing a full arch of teeth, traditional removable dentures are a non-surgical option for restoring the smile. Each set of traditional removable dentures is custom-made to provide a comfortable fit and instantly restore the smile.
Candidates for Non-surgical Treatments
Placement of traditional dental bridges and traditional removable dentures doesn't require surgery, making them a great option for those who are not candidates for dental implant treatment or would prefer to avoid surgery.
Discover Your Treatment Options
For more information about treatments for missing teeth, and to find out which treatment is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at Forney Family Dentistry and Orthodontics.